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A descriptive ecology of the vegetation in the lower Gordon River basin, Tasmania

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Jarman, SJ, Crowden, RK and Brown, MJ 1982 , 'A descriptive ecology of the vegetation in the lower Gordon River basin, Tasmania' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 116 , pp. 165-177 .

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Abstract

The vegetation of the Lower Gordon Ri vel' Basin consists of rainforest, sclerophyll
forest, scrub and sedgeland-heath, each of which is composed of a nWllber of plant
conununi ties forming an intricate mosaic.
Field studies conducted over three sununer seasons suggest that differential fire
regimes are the primary determinants of the composition, structure and distribution of
the major vegetation types. Climatic, topographic and edaphic factors play a relatively
minor role except through their interaction with the fire regime.
The observed patterns and processes in the major vegetation types can be interpreted
readily in terms of vegetation succession and ecological drift, but the ubiquity of
diffuse ecotones argues against the occurrence of stable fire cycles.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Jarman, SJ and Crowden, RK and Brown, MJ
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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